The Korean company “Sindoh” has been making waves in the 3D printing industry with their DP200 printer. It’s easy to see why. Sindoh designed the printer with simplicity and ease of use in mind. Therefore, the design is sleek and user friendly. The printer has also won the coveted Red Dot Award. With all of this overwhelming praise in mind, we decided to see what all the hype is about.
- Truly plug & play
- Built-in camera
- Control and monitor remotely
- Closed print chamber
- Auto detect & repair broken 3D models
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The Sindoh DP200 was delivered in a wooden crate. A sturdily packed interior made sure that the insides remained unharmed. Within the crate The DP200 was packed in a cardboard box.
Upon unpacking it, we removed all of the protective layers inside the printer. This also meant tearing off the tapes meant to hold the movable bits and pieces in place. All said, it was fairly straightforward. Although, there are pieces of protective foam on the inside that can go unnoticed, so remember to remove those before starting it up.
Contents of the Box
- Power Cable
- USB/Firewire Cable
- Filament Cartridge
- Filament Scraper
- Spare Clippers / Buttons for Extracting the Hotbed (2 on the bed and 2 extra)
- USB Stick (contains detailed instruction manuals for the printer and slicing software)
- Enclosed Core for Network Cable (NOTE: Only available for N. American regions)
While opening up the box, you’ll notice that it has very few parts that come with it (compared to some other printers). This is because the printer is almost print-ready right out of the box. It just needs to be plugged in, the bed needs adjusting and the filament cartridge has to be installed. Otherwise, it is ready to go in an impressively short period of time. That gives the DP200 extra points for ease of use. We dare to say that the DP200 is truly a plug ‘n play 3D printer.
While it is basic, the DP200 looks very sleek. Due to the box-like shape, when the front panel is closed, it looks like a particularly spacious, sci-fi microwave oven. However, the black and grey textures do a lot to give it a dignified, futuristic look.
Assisted Bed Leveling
A recurring theme of this review is just how user friendly this machine is. This is because the machine is absolutely ready out of the box. After plugging it in, I only had to adjust the bed. The adjustment was made as simple as possible. The display shows just how many turns one needs to make on the bed-levelling knobs.
Sindoh has a closed filament business model. A spool of filament has to be concealed within a Sindoh cartridge. Each filament spool contains a chip and the chip is meant to fit into the front of the cartridge. Sindoh only supports printing with PLA and ABS.
It is worth mentioning that the chip accurately keeps track of the amount of filament remaining on the spool and also detects its color. Additionally it detects the type of plastic on the spool (ABS or PLA) to ensure GCODE and plastic match.
When you’ve placed your filament spool in the cartridge and insert the cartridge in the printer it’s automatically detected and loaded.
Another feature I really liked was the standby heating. The printer saves time by pre-heating before the print.
What I really appreciated was the touch screen display. As shown in figure 4 below, the screen displays the object you’re printing. This was quite an impressive feature. Additionally, the display shows the level of material in a meter below the temperatures. The bars for this meter automatically change colour depending on what filament you’re using. Even though I suspect this feature is only available for Sindoh’s filament, it is a neat touch.
Furthermore the display makes it easy to pause, switch filament and resume your print.
Software and Printing
3DWOX is the default slicing software that comes with the printer. Users can find it contained on the Sindoh USB that comes with the printer, or they can download it on their website. From installing 3DWOX to printing your first object literally doesn’t take more than a few minutes.
A feature we discovered after approximately 200 print hours was that the software automatically detect and repairs broken 3D models. This is a somewhat hidden feature that might save you some time.
WIFI, USB drive, or USB cable
You can connect with the DP200 via WIFI, USB drive or USB cable. WIFI was easy to setup and worked really well.
Another feature worthy of mention is the camera. The camera allows for monitoring the print status as long as you are on the same Internet connection as the printer. Consequently, the software creates an IP address through which users can view the print in real time. As a result users can visit the IP address on their phones or laptops. Even though it only allows monitoring for devices on the same Internet network, this is an amazing feature if you can’t be around the print area at all times. Definitely a big plus.
Our first test was a high speed/low quality print. As shown in figure 5, the texture was very smooth and the printer handled the curves with aplomb. The minute details were very promising. I was expecting the fast print setting to create an end product with way more abrasions and small lumps. On the contrary, the final product had no protrusions and good detail on the overhangs.
The second test was also successful. This time around we made a fairly complex object – a torture test. The results were very compelling. Similarly, the test came out very smooth. As shown in figure 6, the overhang was handled very well with very few rough patches.
Finally, we got to the 3rd test, a Cubic trisection – thanks for the idea Reddit. In contrast to previous tries, the filament wasn’t properly inserted and due to this, the machine stalled. This was also an important experience. As a result of the stalling, we learnt that the machine enters a monotonous loop when the filament is not entering properly. We could simply pause the print, fix the problem, and after we resumed it started back exactly from the point where it had stopped. That’s just a great user experience.
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At the end of the day, we were very impressed with what the machine could do. The printer is a high-performance, well-ballanced device. Additionally, the interface and software are unbelievably easy to use. Even though the design is minimalistic, it looks very sleek. Added to this, the touchscreen display is functional, responsive and efficient with many features. The entire process is heavily assisted by automation. The filament spools are easy to replace as well.